60-Seconds 309 : Is the news really news?

What do you think about the news? As graphic designers we can be terribly influenced by the news -- or not. How do we digest the deluge of news into thought patterns that contribute to our design creativity in a positive way? Or do we just absorb it all? Does the news shape your life? Are you fed up with it? Do you think it's biased or fed to you through colored filters and glass? Should graphic design reflect the news? No? Yes? Today's article on Tom Ashbrook's "On Point" -- the NPR opinion radio show -- was thought provoking and enlightening. February 27, 2014

60-Seconds 308 : Who do you like on Facebook? Do you keep track of them all?

After running Sandy's story about using Facebook "liking" I decided to take a look at my Likes -- just for fun! Do you use Facebook? Do you often click "Like"? Do you know who you have liked in the past? I've been clicking like for a long time, and I recently went back to find one of those pages I could vaguely remember and was in for a big surprise! February 24, 2014

60-Seconds 307 : 10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal

When I saw the reference to this article in a recent email spam, I had to pause. They used the famous quote from Ben Franklin that I have used in my Creative Layout workshops and seminars since the 1980s. I figured anyone who uses that quote must have something intelligent to say. February 12, 2014

60-Seconds 304: Moaning about government surveillance? Seriously?

I have to write this rant once about ever couple of years or so. I preached it in the late 1980s, I preached it in the mid-1990s, then again in the 2000s and I guess it's time again. January 10, 2014

60-Second Window #300 : Junk Mail Names

You know you've made it when Google recognizes ghost names you made up a decade ago. But there's more to this story -- as I discovered one of my pseudo names from the past is a real live person! Yikes!!! July 24, 2013

What happens to your digital estate and online holdings when you die?

Have you planned your online estate? While nobody wants to talk or think about their own death, you owe it to the ones left behind to do some serious planning. My estate planning attorney says treat that just about like any other property you own. That's the starting point. Although your digital estate carries its own set of rules, it needs careful, accurate estate planning just like your real-life estate. April 21, 2013

The 100 Most Influential People in the World

Today you can pick up copies of the new Time Magazine : 100 Most Influential People in the World. I always love it when this comes out -- so have permission here to share with you, some of the top quotations from some of the most influential people in the world. April 18, 2013

Unlocking Cell Phones : Statement from the Library of Congress and the White House

I don't know if any of you have been following this ruling, and the resulting national petition, but it's a rather interesting step toward the future. Back in October 2012, the Librarian of Congress decided that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA. As of January 26, consumers are no longer able to unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired. But now read this from the White House . . . March 5, 2013

March on: Designing Women

March is probably one of my favorite months simply because it usually marks the end of winter and begins to see the beginnings of spring. I know that summer isn't too far away! I also love preparing for March, because 18 years ago we decided to begin featuring women in the design, graphics, illustration, photography and other visual arts fields as an adjunct celebration to Women's History Month. So let me share just a few of the "official" links for March ... March 1, 2013

Social Media Update : November

Here we go ... the holidays season shifts into high gear and social media is humming -- good information for all online users, designers and marketers :
* 11-point checklist for a healthy social media strategy
* Young People Not Quite Ready for Twitter Primetime
* 26 Tips for Managing a Social Media Community
* The 10 Keys to Optimizing Facebook Engagement
* 4 Ways to Improve Your Google+ Engagement
.... and the continuing world of social media and networking November 7, 2012